Processing (election) emotions with acknowledgement, acceptance, and presence

Join upcoming sessions that have a focus on the upcoming elections:


Faculty who identify as Black, Indigenous, or People of Color (BIPOC) are invited to gather in community on a 90-minute Zoom video call, to discuss issues surrounding the upcoming elections.


Faculty who identify as white are invited to gather in community on a 90-minute Zoom video call, to discuss issues surrounding the upcoming elections. 


ALL faculty are invited to gather in community on a 90-minute Zoom video call, to discuss issues surrounding the election results.


About the Facilitators

Shannon Gibney is a writer, educator, activist, and the author of See No Color (Carolrhoda Lab, 2015), and Dream Country (Dutton, 2018) young adult novels that won Minnesota Book Awards in 2016 and 2019. Gibney is faculty in English at Minneapolis College, where she teaches writing. A Bush Artist and McKnight Writing Fellow, her new novel, Botched, explores themes of transracial adoption through speculative memoir (Dutton, 2021). In October 2019, University of Minnesota Press released What God is Honored Here?: Writings on Miscarriage and Infant Loss By and For Native Women and Women of Color, which she co-edited with writer Kao Kalia Yang. She is an experienced meditator, and has been a practicing and active member of Common Ground Meditation Center for 15 years.

jenny sippel (she/her/hers) is an anti-racist activist, educator, game enthusiast, mindfulness practitioner, and musician. As a faculty Librarian & Instructor at Minneapolis Community & Technical College she teaches Information Literacy & Library Information Technology courses, has served as Coordinator of Library Operations and Information Studies department, and as a Programming Consultant for the Center for Teaching and Learning. Since returning from a sabbatical focused on contemplative pedagogy in higher education, jenny has been investigating intersections of mindfulness and equity, in part through MN State Innovation grant funded projects themed, “A Mindful Path Toward Equity.” She enjoys being active, spending time outside, and exploring on her own and with her beloved family and friends.


Questions? Contact Shannon Gibney or jenny sippel.

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